Microchip’s Programmable Logic Platform Gets Favourable Response from UK Cyber Security Body

06 September 2023

In another milestone for Microchip’s PolarFire FPGAs, the UK government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has successfully reviewed the effectiveness of these devices.

Thanks to the advanced security architecture they feature, the FPGAs exhibited strong resilience levels when used with single-chip crypto design flows. PolarFire FPGA IP protection mechanisms include AES 256-encrypted configuration files with SHA 256-based hash HMAC authentication, elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) for secure key distribution, plus true random number generator capabilities. Furthermore, the numerous supply chain security and silicon biometric features relating to this FPGA mitigate the threats posed by counterfeiting, re-marking, etc.

“The NCSC conducts a very rigorous analysis, and the work done with Microchip on the design separation methodology in the PolarFire FPGA enables the user to take advantage of improved resilience and functional isolation within the device. This reinforces Microchip’s commitment to our comprehensive approach to security,” states Tim Morin, Technical Fellow at Microchip’s FPGA business unit. “This analysis provides the option for single-chip cryptography in addition to what already exists within the devices for protecting IP, securing data and protection against physical tampering - an often overlooked and very powerful threat to every electronic system, especially those at the intelligent edge.”

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